Students in Idaho are prevented from “instilling” students in competitions. Oklahoma teachers will be barred from calling some people inherently racist or oppressive, either knowingly or unknowingly. Tennessee schools will be at risk of losing government aid if their courses have specific implications for race and racism.
Governors and lawmakers in Republican-controlled states across the country are trying to define race-related ideas in public schools and colleges, in response to the nation’s racial account following the assassination of George Floyd by police last year. These measures have been signed in at least three states and have been reviewed in many others.
Instructors and departments are concerned that these suggestions will be neutralized in the classroom and that students will be presented with a white version of the country’s history. Teachers are also concerned about the possible consequences if a student or parent complains.
“When we included the option of teachers in all parts of history, we basically heard the voices of those who already felt oppressed,” said Likisha Patterson, a third-grade English and social studies teacher who lives in Houston and is worried about talking about her life. “And we are silent.” The bill is being considered in Texas.
At least 16 states are reviewing or signing legislation that restricts the teaching of some ideas related to “critical race theory,” which seeks to rewrite American history. Proponents argue that federal law preserves unequal treatment of people on the basis of race, and that the country is based on land theft and labor.
These states include Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.
Targeted critical racial theory
The latest state is Tennessee law enforcement, which last week the governor signed a bill banning the teaching of vital race theory in schools.
Legislative debate on the bill earlier this month when Republican House of Representatives supporter Justin Lafferty, the state legislature, erroneously declared that the original constitution designates slavery as three-fifths. He wrongly declared that “in order to end slavery.” Historians generally believe that this compromise would give slave countries more political power.
Some other states have taken steps that are less than legislative change.
After the Republican governor of Utah blocked a vote on a set of similar bills, the IRA-controlled legislature passed a symbolic resolution proposing that the government review any curriculum that addresses racial and ethnic influences. Examine racism in American politics, culture, and law.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp wrote in a letter to members of the State Board of Education that they “must take immediate action to ensure that critical race theory and its dangerous ideology are not rooted in our state standards or curriculum.”
The Montana Attorney General issued a binding decision Thursday stating that some teachings violate the U.S. and state constitutions, and that schools, local governments, and public workplaces could lose state funding if compensated. Resulting from petitions, if vital race theory training or activities are provided.
The National Education Association and the National Council for Social Studies oppose legislation to limit ideas that can be presented in the classroom.
“It creates a unique atmosphere of uncertainty, teachers can not be professionals who are not only hired but trained for them,” said Lawrence Paska, a former middle school teacher in New York and executive director. the Council.
Republicans defend legislation
Republicans have articulated concepts that suggest that people are inherently racist, or that the United States was founded on racial oppression, that it creates controversy, and that it has no place in the classroom.
Earlier this month, Republicans in the North Carolina House of Representatives tried to prevent teachers from promoting seven concepts that critically examine race and racism, including the belief that a person’s race or gender determines his or her moral character. Does, that people are responsible for actions committed in the past by other members of a race or gender, and that they should feel guilty because of these two characteristics.
Lawmaker John Torbat, a Republican who chairs the North Carolina House Education Committee, said the bill is to promote equality, not rewrite history.
“It guarantees justice,” Torbat told a hearing this month. “It ensures that everyone in society is equal. There is no reference to history.”
Kimberla Kernshaw, executive director of the African American Policy Forum, was among those who contributed to the popularity of critical race theory in the 1970s and 1980s, as she and others felt inadequate in response to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in the 1960s. . .
He said Republicans are creating the concept to inflame racial tensions and build their base, which is dominated by whites.
“This is a 2022 strategy to arm white-collar insecurity, to mobilize ideas that have been mobilized over and over again throughout history, using a concept or set of ideas that can persuade people,” said Crenshaw. “It’s Baghdad.”
“A cooling effect”
The line between teaching ideas and promoting them has raised concerns among teachers and scholars of racial justice.
“Uncertainty about this frontier can make it difficult for teachers to avoid difficult conversations about American history,” said Cheryl Harris, a professor at UCLA Law School who teaches a course on vital race theory.
“For anyone who has ever taught in the classroom, the idea is to start the conversation, and if you are on which side of the line, you can not do that,” Harris said. “This is a staggering effect, and as far as it goes, it is offensive as a direct ban on the First Amendment.”
Opponents of the North Carolina bill say it’s a solution to a problem. Tamika Walker Kelly, president of the North Carolina Educators Association, said promoters of the bill could not point to any school in the state where students were taught certain racial concepts.
This is just one reason why the bill is on the rise. Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper said the governor believes the guidelines should be honest and precise, and that students should be taught to think critically.
The bill also raises doubts in the state Senate Republican leader, which will be considered in the future.
“I do not want to outlaw the teaching of a particular doctrine, as much as it is wrong, when the reason for the ban is freedom of thought,” Senator Phil Berger said in a statement. “It contradicts me.”
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